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Guernica International Justice Chambers press statement on Sheikha Latifa & Hervé Jaubert case

Updated: Jul 17, 2022

Toby Cadman

- PRESS STATEMENT - Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers

Following the disappearance of Sheikha Latifa Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Hervé Jean Pierre Jaubert, in what can only be described as the most concerning of circumstances, Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers in London has been instructed to file an immediate complaint with the UN Special Procedures Branch, specifically the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Inhumane and Degrading Treatment and the UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights requesting their urgent and immediate intervention.

Sheikha Latifa, is the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and was reported missing on 5 March 2018 along with a dual French-US national, Hervé Jean Pierre Jaubert and a third individual believed to be British/Irish.

Sheikha Latifa had made contact with ‘Detained in Dubai’ prior to this date, confirming that she had escaped the Emirate, reporting details of incarceration, abuse, kidnap of her sister and similarly for herself and fear for her life, and that recorded messages she had sent ought to be released in the event that it was that she hadn’t managed to escape.

The messages recorded show a calm and collected, although fearful, young women, who alleges that she has in effect been imprisoned by her father, subject to treatment that amounts to serious ill treatment, unable to move freely, having been unable to leave Dubai for any reason since 2000. The accounts set out in her recordings, and independently verified, appear to describe a system of system of abuse that require international intervention.